The two officers had taken over the further observation of the right-wing extremists after they had wandered from a refugee shelter in nurnberg-langwasser on saturday evening and marched with burning torches to the former NSDAP marching ground. There they also posed on the zeppelin tribune, of which adolf hitler had spoken in the 1930s.
Immediate intervention would not have been "tactically expedient" for the officials' own protection, the spokesman said. The police had already admitted that they had not sufficiently recognized the course of events and regretted "that a right-wing group misused the historically charged location for their propaganda purposes".
State interior minister joachim herrmann (CSU) called the police operation "not very happy" on bavarian radio. The fact that neo-nazis are staging themselves at this location is "completely out of the question" and must be strictly prevented in the future. A concept is being developed for the site, which is intended as a memorial to the history of national socialism. However, the city must consider whether access to the tribune should be restricted.
The president of the central council of jews in germany, josef schuster, called the march an "intolerable provocation". The neo-nazis had to be kept in sight that evening. Since the people involved had to be known to the police, they were to be held responsible. "It is not a question of pillorying individual police officers, but rather of preventing such marches in the future. This was not the first incident of this kind in nurnberg," warned Schuster.